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Is this only when you step on the gas and then it goes away when you let go. My truck does this too 02 w/ 75k and I am trying to figure it out. Im on my 4th ps pump and had my front diff done, but now they are out of the way I still get a whine on the gas prob around 35-55 mph and going up incline
Yes exactly, although I still hear a whine at highway speeds too. I had the front diff done at the same time as the transmission as that also had a whine. I'm bringing it back to have it looked at again when I get a chance. Between that and the wind noise from a replaced windshield, things aren't "Cadillac Quiet" :-(
 

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Yes exactly, although I still hear a whine at highway speeds too. I had the front diff done at the same time as the transmission as that also had a whine. I'm bringing it back to have it looked at again when I get a chance. Between that and the wind noise from a replaced windshield, things aren't "Cadillac Quiet" :-(
I too have wind noise from the windshield and i tried to get it fixed and it was good for a while but now its back making wind noise and i can even feel the wind, you think i should just replace it for try to fix it agian?
 

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2002 Lade all stock with 38k on it, been running 22's for the past year, no tranny problems....yet (fingers crossed) I don't have a warranty either.
 

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i just bought a used 2004 with 50k on it. tranny seems fine, only one owner but you damn right i bought the ext warranty !!!! How hard is it to change the tranny fluid?
 

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Changing the fluid is quite easy. All you need in to get your filter and gasket kit, have metric and standard size sockets, and have torx bits. I loosen up the shifting linkage by the two torx bit on the top, whick got that out of the way. If you have a palm ratched it works much easier. Loosen the pan and replace the filter. I should mention that you need to drain the fluid first. I didn't have the torque specs or the torque pattern, but it you are mechanically knowledged you will know about the torque when you losen the bolts. There is really not alot of torque at all on those fasteners. Crawl under the thing and check it out. It wasn't too bad at all. I would suggest that you take your time and be thorough. I just didn't want to do it twice, or break anything; like the shifting linkage....

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All this talk about transmissions I crawled under and looked to make sure the fluid wasn't leaking. It is a little low so I should really just drop the cover, replace the filter and fluid. My truck is shifting kind of cruddy though. Between third and fourth it is getting a RPM jump before shifting getting on the freeway kind of heavy on the gas. Now I notice a slight increase in RPM before shifting in the other gears. I do have fluid on my dip stick when it is warm and running; just above the bottom or so. There is probally only .125"" or so from the bottom. Where is the stuff going? There is not a drop in sight from the trans on the floor or eng. compartment.Do any of you have RPM spikes before shifting? Regardless I will bring it up to normal levels ASAP..

Have you had any luck with fixing this problem? I have the EXCACT same problem on 05 AWD 50k, it will go in on 1-17-08 for the FIFTH time for them to work on this. Last time they replaced the entire trans, still no luck. I now have Cadillac customer care case managment involved, helps some.

It is doing physical damage to your trans. They tore my trans down on the fourth time around and replaced worn/burnt clutch packs, bands, and clutchbell caused from this same problem. They also have replaced and reprogammed the PCM and pressure solinoids. NO GO. Good thing I have warranty until 74k now!!! Please let me know if you find anything out, I will do the same.

Thanks -Dave
 

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Have you had any luck with fixing this problem? I have the EXCACT same problem on 05 AWD 50k, it will go in on 1-17-08 for the FIFTH time for them to work on this. Last time they replaced the entire trans, still no luck. I now have Cadillac customer care case managment involved, helps some.

It is doing physical damage to your trans. They tore my trans down on the fourth time around and replaced worn/burnt clutch packs, bands, and clutchbell caused from this same problem. They also have replaced and reprogammed the PCM and pressure solinoids. NO GO. Good thing I have warranty until 74k now!!! Please let me know if you find anything out, I will do the same.

Thanks -Dave
Dave,

How do you have a warranty until 74k? Did you purchase an extended warranty? If so,what kind and from who? Thanks!
 

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I did purchase more warranty direct from my dealer, about $1,650 for bumper to bumper (same as factory) with a $200 decuctible (sp?), 24 months 24k miles.
 

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Have you had any luck with fixing this problem? I have the EXCACT same problem on 05 AWD 50k, it will go in on 1-17-08 for the FIFTH time for them to work on this. Last time they replaced the entire trans, still no luck. I now have Cadillac customer care case managment involved, helps some.

It is doing physical damage to your trans. They tore my trans down on the fourth time around and replaced worn/burnt clutch packs, bands, and clutchbell caused from this same problem. They also have replaced and reprogammed the PCM and pressure solinoids. NO GO. Good thing I have warranty until 74k now!!! Please let me know if you find anything out, I will do the same.

Thanks -Dave
Dave,

I have to say that the fluid change didn't change my trans much at all. I called out to big three performance here in milwaukee and I am going to have then rebuild my transmission for me. Right now I am am saving the cash and babying the weak link. Big three is going to work some magic on the trans for me. They are going to update the clutch and bands to gm heavy duty, with a few little tricks too i am sure. I just want a trans that engages heavy and feels solid. Right now it always feels like it is slipping of shifting shifty. Get back to me it you find out what your proplem is. :suspense:
 

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I don't mean to thread jack on the trans discussion but the diff whine you might be hearing guys might be from the prop shaft. I know that there is an update for the prop shaft; for when you get the diff rebuilt..
 

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Dave,

I have to say that the fluid change didn't change my trans much at all. I called out to big three performance here in milwaukee and I am going to have then rebuild my transmission for me. Right now I am am saving the cash and babying the weak link. Big three is going to work some magic on the trans for me. They are going to update the clutch and bands to gm heavy duty, with a few little tricks too i am sure. I just want a trans that engages heavy and feels solid. Right now it always feels like it is slipping of shifting shifty. Get back to me it you find out what your proplem is. :suspense:
I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out, it does go in today. I am going to drive it with a tech and service manager while they have some scanners hooked up to it. Can't convey just how disapointed I am with my dealer. It is however, some how conforting to hear I am not the ONLY person on earth with this problem. I'll return with any and all information I receive to this thread. Looking forward to hear how yours goes. Good luck!

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My 02 with 47000 miles is revving high between 1 and 2 and won't shift unless you let up on the gas. Fluid was fine and when drained was perfectly clean no metal. Could it be anything else?
 

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I have an 03 escalade and shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to third it slips big time and doesnt shift until i let off the gas. 4th gear is unobtainable. Bought the truck 54 days ago and got the 60 day/2500 mile waranty and unfortunately i put on 3500 already. The service department said they would try and work something out with sales. I feel like i bought a toilet with all the problems ive had since day one.....bad battery, leaking front tire on the bead cause the chrome was all flaking off, Ambient temp transducer not accurate, backup sensors not working, power seat was broken, wiperblades were complete junk.....I guess the 70 point inspection they bragged so much about didnt include any of those things. What a joke, and this was from a huge well know certified dealer in mass.
Oh, by the way, Im running 24s and i cant wait till they tell me thats why my trannys messed. Its going in next week, ill keep you posted with what they find.....or dont find.
 

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My 2003 Escalade ESV with 67,000 miles just blew the transmission and the orig warranty is only till 50,000 miles. Cadillac in Long Island quoted me $4200 for a 3yr/50k warranty on replacement trans and I rejected it. I have to come $3090 out of pocket for a Jasper Transmission (3yr/100k warranty) because Cadillac and Gm can't get their stuff straight when designing these tranmisssions. Any transmission that blows up before 150,000 miles without heavy towing and just normal use and proper fluids is a design flaw in my opinion...no wonder they raised the warranty from 5 year 50,000 to 5 year/100k in 2006!
 

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My 2003 Escalade ESV with 67,000 miles just blew the transmission and the orig warranty is only till 50,000 miles. Cadillac in Long Island quoted me $4200 for a 3yr/50k warranty on replacement trans and I rejected it. I have to come $3090 out of pocket for a Jasper Transmission (3yr/100k warranty) because Cadillac and Gm can't get their stuff straight when designing these tranmisssions. Any transmission that blows up before 150,000 miles without heavy towing and just normal use and proper fluids is a design flaw in my opinion...no wonder they raised the warranty from 5 year 50,000 to 5 year/100k in 2006!
Stock size wheels and tires? How many times did you change the trans fluid in the 67k miles?
 

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OK, Good news, so I went to the dealer and the actually covered the new tranny. Bad news is 100 miles later it totally grenaded again. This time the torque converter was locking up. It only took 2 days to diagnose, first they told me i needed a new PCM. Guess they wanted to throw some parts at it. So this time i got a rental and they are covering the second "new" tranny. I really hope this one isnt a toilet too.
 

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Man I feel like a nut to even type this info but here it goes its for your benefit now. I have already replaced my transmission 4 times. No warranty either time because i didn't want another car payment. Now it has broken again tonight. Im pretty pissed right now. 150 k no towing or heavy hauling. What in the world is Cadillac still doing in business. Save your money dont buy these trucks they are junk. I used to work for General motors and now i am ashamed of myself!!!!!! No government bailout should have taken place for GM. What a waste of tax payers money!!!!!!!
 

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Man I feel like a nut to even type this info but here it goes its for your benefit now. I have already replaced my transmission 4 times. No warranty either time because i didn't want another car payment. Now it has broken again tonight. Im pretty pissed right now. 150 k no towing or heavy hauling. What in the world is Cadillac still doing in business. Save your money dont buy these trucks they are junk. I used to work for General motors and now i am ashamed of myself!!!!!! No government bailout should have taken place for GM. What a waste of tax payers money!!!!!!!
What year is your EXT?
 
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